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Death of the laptop. Apple announced today that it’s releasing a giant iPad. Pre orders for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro start on Wednesday. How much? $799. What do you get? Apple claims the new iPad Pro is faster than 80% of PCs shipped in the last year, it has an 8-megapixel camera, and four speakers for full stereo sound. For an extra $99 you can draw on your iPad Pro with Apple’s pencil, and for $170 more you can type on it with Apple’s keyboard. Two upsells that would transform your iPad into a laptop that’s as functional as most PCs. It seems clear that the traditional laptop as we know it will soon be obsolete.
+ Self-driving cars may already be obsolete before they get here.
The inventor of Bitcoin was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Economics. Last week, I shared a story with you in our #NOWYOUKNOW section about who is (or the lack thereof of knowledge) the inventor of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin? This is a question everyone seems to be asking, but it hasn’t stopped one UCLA professor from nominating Satoshi Nakamoto for the 2016 Nobel Prize in Economics. The professor explains his decision for the nomination here — calling the invention of Bitcoin “nothing short of revolutionary.”
+ This 18-year-old just won $250,000 for explaining the movie Interstellar.
Note: Anytime you can simplify a complex concept without dumbing it down, you will be rewarded.
Meditation gets the SoulCycle treatment. “Guests are prompted to ‘book your cushion’ online for 30- or 45-minute sessions led by one of 23 experts, whose practices range from Vedic to Kundalini to Theravada.” says Vogue. Mindfulness and meditation studios are the next boutique gyms.
+ I am addicted to SoulCycle — must read for any gym owner or fitness-product marketer.
#SquadGoals. A big part of Taylor Swift and Drake’s success is due to their relationships (romantic and other). The New York Times’ Jon Caramanica explainsthe two different approaches these young artists take with their friends and how they leverage these relationships to build their brand.
The best sleep hack. “The only thing you need to know is how to count,” says Max Plenke. “It’s called the 4-7-8 breathing technique, also known as Relaxing Breath. According to Dr. Andrew Weil, it’s a natural depressant for your nervous system, helping you fall asleep in 60 seconds by quieting the parts of your brain where stress manifests. This is how you do it, according to Weil’s website.”
The next step for co-working spaces… co-living. Commonspace is a solution for lonely millennials (think: dorms but for grownups).
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The last earphones you’ll ever need.
From The Verge
Earbuds are one of those technologies that still come loaded with annoyances. Cheap ones are almost always bad, with a terrible fit and atrocious sound. Expensive ones offer better sound quality, but often times they can fit just as poorly as the $10 or $20 pair they’re meant to replace. But a new company called Revols has just launched a Kickstarter project that promises to change this, offering the luxury of custom-fit Bluetooth earbuds for about $200, all while compressing a typically months-long process into 60 seconds.
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